Acquired: Online breeder / seller
3610, South Africa
Posted Sep 25, 2015
Common Egg-eater - Dasypeltis scabra are awesome snakes to keep as pets. They are a non venomous species native to Southern and central Africa and only eat birds egg. They come in an range of colors from dark brown to a light red and orange color phase depending on the area they come from. They are very hardy snakes and can go without food for extended periods of time. They start to go of food completely about a month before winter starts and then will only accept food again until spring. They normally start eating when the first rains arrive. They are easy to feed if you can find them the correct size eggs and need very little in terms of maintenance, making them very easy snakes to keep if you have a little bit of experience. These make an excellent addition to an already existing collection but I wouldn't recommend it as a "first time" snake for three simple reasons. The first problem that you probably encounter is not being able to find it enough of the right size eggs. Secondly they refuse to eat during the winter months so it is very important to feed them enough food during summer. Thirdly if you plan to breed them you have to provide them with good quality calcium supplement as they are well-known for having egg-binding problems which can make it a bit difficult for a first time keeper. They do mock strike and try to imitate other vipers from the region but they do not even process teeth and it is all an act to try and scare of a potential threat. This might be intimidating at first but it is nothing to be scared off.
. If you are already well established in the reptile world and would like to try keep and breed something a bit different then this is the snake for you and they are extremely rewarding to keep if you take good care of them.